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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-06-22

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  • [01] First missing, declared dead, laid to rest
  • [02] Fire put out on board British charter plane
  • [03] CNA Director dies

  • 1010:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] First missing, declared dead, laid to rest

    Nicosia, Jun 22 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides will attend a memorial service here for 17-year-old Andreas Kasapis, the first missing person whose fate was ascertained after years of inquiries by a US investigative team.

    Kasapis' remains, located in a field near the Turkish-occupied village of Ashia, in the southeastern part of Cyprus, will be buried today in his home-town of Detroit, in the US.

    A report by Ambassador Robert Dillon on the five US citizens, missing in Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, said Kasapis was taken away by two Turkish Cypriots from his house in Ashia village, where he lived at the time with his family, and shot dead, probably by "Turkish Cypriot militiamen."

    The report, released earlier this year, concludes that the other four Americans, of Greek descent, "in all likelihood did not survive the events of in Cyprus in the summer of 1974."

    There are 1,619 persons, including women and children, listed as missing since the Turkish invasion and so far only Kasapis' whereabouts were established.

    The Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides exchanged information on missing persons, following a UN-brokered agreement on this humanitarian issue, with a view of proceeding to the return of the remains of those killed.

    But things seem to have stalled apparently because of Turkish Cypriot demands to look into the fate of people assumed killed in a military coup which preceded the Turkish invasion.

    CNA MM/GP/1998

    [02] Fire put out on board British charter plane

    Nicosia, Jun 22 (CNA) -- A British charter company, Air 2000, is making arrangements to take 206 passengers back to the UK, after they were forced to spend an extra day on the island when a fire broke out in the cockpit of their aircraft.

    An airport spokesman told CNA today that all 206 passengers are now in hotels in Larnaca awaiting to depart.

    The captain of a Boeing 757 returned to Larnaca airport as a precautionary measure after a cockpit fire was put out, shortly after take off at 02.40 (23.40 GMT) this morning.

    "The aircraft landed at 03.29 hours, airport services were put on alert and were ready to offer any assistance to the plane, and fire engines were at hand in case they were needed," the spokesman added.

    No help was actually needed, as there was no cause for alarm and passengers disembarked from the aircraft without any problems, he said.

    CNA MM/GP/1998

    [03] CNA Director dies

    Nicosia, Jun 22 (CNA) -- Andreas Christofides, Director of the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), died early this morning at the age of 61.

    He was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Christofides had served in several public posts, including those of the Minister of Education and the Government Spokesman.


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